BCLC volunteer humbled to represent BCLC and Kamloops06/04/2016
Curt Foidart of BCLC’s Business Technology division shares his experience volunteering for the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
The excitement for the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Tournament in Kamloops was infectious. The stands in McArthur Sports Centre packed for the Switzerland vs. Czech Republic with cheering fans decked in team gear (and die-hard Canadian hockey fans in their Team Canada swag, because – hey- Canadians love to watch hockey).
The arena was transformed to an IIHF venue with posters, banners and all the treatments combined to make a colourful and exciting experience for hockey players and fans. It was exciting to see the centre transformed since its home to the notorious BCLC billionaires!
I volunteered with the media services team. My duties included getting graphical line-ups for the game, statistics from IIHF and Hockey Canada, and running them to local, national and international media representatives (such as CFJC TV, Radio NL and TSN).
My second shift was scheduled for the Canada vs Russia game. Sandman Centre – as expected – was even more decked out. From the moment I arrived at the the rink I could feel the intensity of what I was about to watch.
We were busy on our feet running game line-ups and statistics to the various media representatives on both sides of the arena. The highlight was using my Mac technical skills to help a Russian media blogger fix his Wi-Fi on his Mac. He apologized that all the menu options and systems preferences were in Russian; however I was able to help him connect to a hidden wireless network. That was fun!
Canada went on to win the game 8-1! After the game, I helped coordinate interviews with the Russian and Canadian players. We took interview requests from media outlets for the national team reps.
BCLC was generous enough to give me two tickets to watch the United States vs Finland game. I took my daughter and we got to watch a great game. The Finnish netminder Meeri Raisanen made 49 saves of 51 shots in a 2-1 loss to the U.S. It was awesome taking my daughter to watch these amazing female athletes play such a great game.
What surprised me most about volunteering today was how proud and humbled I am to have the great opportunity to represent BCLC and the community of Kamloops to support this fantastic international event at the Women's Worlds.